Their efforts were stymied by security officers who reacquired the flame and wrangled the children back into the crowd.
Local police officers pulled the boys aside for a "friendly chat," the Guardian reported. No arrests were made.
According to the Daily Mail, the Metropolitan police had this to say:
"At approximately 0730 hrs in Coventry, two children entered the security bubble around the torchbearer and were moved by the torch security team.
The official Olympic flame is on a 70-day trip over 8,000 miles.
Barring any further incidents, it will arrive in London July 27.